New Hampshire Legal Assistance

Helping to balance the scales of justice for everyone since 1971.

Domestic Violence Legal Help

Domestic Violence Legal Help

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Project represents victims in emergency protective order hearings and in divorce and parenting (custody) cases. The issues typically addressed in these cases are the following: restraining orders and emergency relief, parental rights and responsibilities (child custody and visitation), paternity, child support, alimony and property division.

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Public Benefits

Public Benefits

Benefits Project advocates help individuals obtain the assistance they need to stabilize their income and move toward self-sufficiency as possible. Advocates help the disabled obtain Social Security, SSI, and APTD benefits and access to health care through Medicare and Medicaid. The Project also works for improvements in the APTD/Medicaid system.

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Housing Legal Services

Housing Legal Services

NHLA focuses its efforts on a variety of housing issues with its Housing Justice Project.

Housing Justice Project (HJP) attorneys and paralegals promote equal access to housing for NHLA clients by working on preserving their housing. The HJP helps individuals and families who are either currently without shelter or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The HJP also investigates complaints of discrimination and assists people who are victims of housing discrimination.

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Special Projects

Special Projects

NHLA responds to the emerging needs of clients with new projects and efforts, often in collaboration with other organizations in the state.  Some of these include programs concerning Childrens Dental Health, as well as the Youth Law Project, which works with children and teenagers who are facing delinquency or CHINS petitions.

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Legal Services for Older Adults

Legal Services for Older Adults

The Senior Law Project (SLP) assists our state’s most economically and socially needy seniors with civil legal problems including consumer protection/debt collection, health care, public and private housing, family problems, food stamps, public assistance benefits, utility shut-off, and nursing facility and assisted living/residential care facilities problems.

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Our Mission


During the COVID-19 public health emergency, New Hampshire Legal Assistance is OPEN. We have made some changes to protect the health of our staff and our clients. Staff are generally working from home. We are not answering telephone calls live. Instead, leave a message and we will call you back. We are also not taking walk-in clients at our offices. Instead, please call us or apply for help online at

NHLA's mission is to fulfill America’s promise of equal justice by providing civil legal services to New Hampshire’s poor, including education and empowerment, advice, representation, and advocacy for systemic change.

We offer our clients high-quality civil legal aid to address the legal problems that affect their daily survival and most basic needs. These services range from simple legal information and advice to vigorous and thorough representation in all of New Hampshire's courts and before many of the local, state and federal agencies which play large roles in their lives. In providing legal services to the poor, NHLA helps ensure the legal system provides the fairness and justice that all New Hampshire residents deserve. 

NHLA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in the delivery of services.

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[The advocate] was more than helpful – she explained and re-explained issues to me. She is very efficient, knowledgeable and courteous. She always returns my calls in a timely manner. She made a hard time in my life more bearable.

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Latest News

How Segregation Persists In 'Progressive' New England

Posted Sep 24, 2020

By Morgan Springer and Vanessa de la Tore, Connecticut Public RadioNHLA's Maria Eveleth, co-director of our Fair Housing Project, shares her own experiences with discrimination in NH. Hear how NHLA can help if you're discriminated against because of your race, color, marital status, religion, or bec more

Eviction ban kicks the can down the road

Posted Sep 21, 2020

By Caleb Symons, Keene SentinelLike many communities nationwide, southwestern New Hampshire braced for a possible housing crisis in late August.
Unemployment remained unusually high due to the COVID-19 pandemic, short-term policies protecting Granite Staters from eviction had expired, more

NH evictions continue steady increase

Posted Sep 15, 2020

By Daniela Allee, New Hampshire Public Radio
In the months following the end of state and federal eviction moratoriums, evictions in New Hampshire have been on the rise. Since the end of June, New Hampshire courts have approved 673 orders to evict tenants. Nearly half of those are just fro more

Deadline to spend CARES funds has shelters on edge

Posted Sep 11, 2020

By Michael Kitch, New Hampshire Business Review
With high unemployment and the lingering coronavirus, homeless shelters across the state are bracing what could be an especially challenging winter. And their preparations are overshadowed by the federal CARES Act, which requires that funds used t more

Step-by-step guide on new CDC eviction moratorium

Posted Sep 10, 2020

The CDC's new temporary moratorium ban provides tenants in crisis rent relief, but only if they complete several steps first. This guide explains each of those steps. It is important to know that tenants must complete and provide their landlord a declaration signed under oath confirming more